Weekend summary 2003-07-14

The third time was the charm for Lance Dewease in the All-Star Circuit of Champions thriller at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. The Lincoln points leader ended a long dry spell in the Pigeon Hills by diving under Greg Hodnett for the race lead...

The third time was the charm for Lance Dewease in the All-Star Circuit of Champions thriller at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

The Lincoln points leader ended a long dry spell in the Pigeon Hills by diving under Greg Hodnett for the race lead entering turn one of lap 24, and drove away to a 1.48-second win over the nation's third-ranked sprint car driver in the 30-lap, $5,000-to-win event.

Twice before, the Al and Betty Hamilton-owned Manheim Auto Auction/Hank's Performance Products No.77 had taken the lead, but both times the pass was negated by caution flags. Though the leaders were past the flag stand, All-Star rules require that the field by lined up the way they were running the previous lap.

"The 12 car has been making us look bad, and we kinda' fell off the pace the last month," said the happy winner. "I kept telling 'em (the team), 'We just need to work hard at it, and we'll get it.' We were pretty good tonight...I passed him two different times and the cautions took it away from us, but we made sure that last one stuck."

Most figured Hodnett would be the car to beat, after timing fifth-quick and starting second for the "A" Main. He didn't disappoint, driving out to leads ranging from 1.5 to three seconds over polesitter Chris Knopp between a second-lap caution (for Sean Michael, who lost a side panel on his front wing) and lap 11. That's when Dewease, who started sixth, grabbed the runner-up spot. One lap later, the caution came out for Stevie Smith, who stopped with a flat tire on the backstretch.

Dewease was unable to challenge on the restart, because the lapped cars of Michael Markey and Jason Hagenbuch were in between. Two laps later, he was on Hodnett's back bumper, and stayed there laps 13 and 14 before getting out of shape and losing ground exiting turn four of lap 15. Hodnett continued to show the way the next six laps before Dewease challenged again in heavy lapped traffic on lap 21. The two ran wheel-to-wheel for the next two laps before Dewease claimed the lead on the backstretch of lap 23. The pass was negated by a caution flag for Jeff Rohrbaugh, who stopped at the infield entrance of turn four.

Dewease again took the lead with a slider in turn four on the restart, but Doug Esh and Jeff Shepard collided while racing for sixth, leading to an 8-car pileup that took out Shepard, Fred Rahmer, Niki Young, Jason Hagenbuch, and Dean Jacobs. Dewease was scored the leader of lap 23 again, but the caution placed Hodnett back in front for the restart.

The pass that counted came a lap later. The 1.48-second win was Dewease's third All-Star win of the year, ninth win overall, first at Lincoln since May 10th, and the 22nd win of his career in the Pigeon Hills.

"We just had a problem with the motor stumbling and it was killing us on restarts," said Hodnett afterwards. "We just were not good in traffic, we are normally a little bit better...we've had a good run here and we can't complain. But I think second does suck."

Hodnett settled for second, with Cris Eash third. Jason Johnson was the highest-finishing All-Star after passing Knopp on the final lap to finish fourth.

Gettysburg's Mike Walls made it two wins in-a-row at Lincoln in the hard-fought 20 lap thundercar feature. Wall's, who started seventh, fought his way around Wagaman in the first and second turns of the 10th lap, sending Wagaman high into the wall and eventually coming to stop at the second turn pit entrance.

Walls had the lead for the restart and then held-off 19th-starting Neil Smith and 21st-starting Steve Clabaugh over the final laps for the .50-second win.

OTHER WEEKEND RACING ACTION

GREG HODNETT STARTS WEEKEND WITH ALL STAR WILLIAMS GROVE WIN

Greg Hodnett and the red rocket just keep on winning.

This time it was against the All Star Circuit of Champions. One that made up for the one that got away in Florida.

Third-starting Hodnett slipped under polesitter and race-long leader Lance Dewease in the first and second turns on the eighth lap and then checked-out from the rest of the field to pick up his fifth win over the past six races at Williams Grove Speedway in the 30-lap All Star feature Friday night.

Hodnett opened up a straight-away lead with 10 laps to go and diced his way through lapped traffic the rest of the way to take the $5,000 win by 3.66 seconds when it was all said and done.

Dewease ran second the rest of the way with fifth-starting Keith Kauffman running third after passing fourth-starting Donnie Kreitz Jr. on the 10th lap for the spot and held it the rest of the way.

The win was Hodnett's 14th of 2003 and was also his 19th career win at the historic Mechanicsburg half-mile, placing him into a four-way tie for 17th on the all-time win list with Tommy Hinnershitz, Jan Opperman, and Stevie Smith.

TODD SHAFFER SCORES FOURTH PORT WIN

Millerstown's Todd Shaffer picked up his fourth Port Royal win of the season in 410 sprint action Saturday night. The win, Shaffer's fifth overall in 2003 helped him close on Port Royal point leader Mike Wagner who finished seventh. Keith Kauffman and Len Thompson finish in second and third respectively.

Scott Haus picked up his second win of the season in late model action while Neil Foust picked up his first win in pro stocks.

GUTSHALL OVER CANNON BY INCHES IN SILVER SPRINT SPORTSMAN ACTION

Mechanicsburg's Bob Gutshall took the lead from race-long leader Gerry Strawser with five laps left and then beat Pat Cannon by inches at the finish line to win his first career Silver Spring super sportsman feature. Cannon settled for second over Gerry Strawser, Steve Wilbur and Raymond Myers.

Gene Wrightstone of Duncannon started on the pole and led every lap of the caution-filled feature-only limited late model event for his first win of 2003.

Stan Wanner of Hummelstown passed Jeff Haag in turn four on the outside with two laps remaining to win the 20-lap street stock feature for his first of the year as well.

KEVIN NOUSE WINS AGAIN IN SELINSGROVE 358 SPRINTS

Lewisberry's Kevin Nouse picked up his second straight win in 358 sprint action at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night.

Eric Hons drove to his first late model win at Selinsgrove since 1997 and AJ Stroup of Evandale won his first career pro stock feature while Matt Drum of Port Trevorton swept both of the roadrunner features.

SELINSGROVE GUNN MEMORIAL RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY JULY 23RD

Selinsgrove Speedway officials rescheduled the 23rd Jack Gunn Memorial for 358 sprints for this Saturday, July 19, at 7 PM.

The Gunn Memorial, rained out over the Memorial Day holiday, will replace the Twin 20's program originally slated on the 2003 schedule. The rain date for this Saturday's program will be Sunday, July 20, at 7 p.m., featuring the 358 sprints and pro stocks only.

TIM DIETZ WINS IN SATURDAY TRAIL-WAY MICRO SPRINT ACTION

Hanover's Tim Dietz picked up his 2nd win of the 2003 season in Saturday night's 600cc micro-sprint feature. Dietz grabbed the lead away from early race leader Ron Taggart on lap 14. With a caution caused by Terry Peters coming out on lap 19,the Bradley Specialties No.71 machine driven by Ryan Greth challenged Dietz for the lead on the one lap shootout. Greth, the opening day winner, was strong throughout the race, but could not put the right moves on Dietz. Greth crossed the line second followed by tenth place starter Duane Harbaugh.

Jonestown's Mike Boyer was perfect tonight leading all 20 laps of the 250cc micro-sprint feature. Second starter Mike Connors followed Boyer the entire race to finish second.

Arlin Brougher remained undefeated in four-cylinder stock car action, while Shawn Crunkilton and Joe Racine were winners in four- and six-cylinder scramble car action respectively.

Justin Mong picked up the win in scramble oval car action and Rodney Wolfe Jr. was the winner in figure 8s.

BILLY DIETRICH DOMINATES FOR THIRD TRAIL-WAY "358" WIN

Asper's Billy Dietrich stormed to his third win of the year in the 20-lap "358" sprint feature at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night. Dietrich started fifth and he wasted little time getting to the front. He was second behind polesitter Tony Strine by the end of the first lap and took the lead on the next lap. Dietrich led the rest of the way with Dale Hammaker and Brad McClelland following in second and third respectively.

Dietrich's win broke a tie with Darren Eash, making him the division's all-time winningest driver at the Hanover oval.

Gettysburg's Craig Wagaman took the lead on the sixth lap and led the rest of the way for the win in the 20 thundercar feature.

Dickerson, Maryland's Chris Holston drove around three-time winner Don Owens exiting turn four of the next-to-last lap to claim his second straight win in the 15-lap street stock feature.

HEIMBACH WINS SIXTH OF THE SEASON AT CLINTON COUNTY SPEEDWAY

Selinsgrove's Blane Heimbach captured his sixth sprint car win of the year at Clinton County Speedway on Friday night.

In other racing action, Jeremy Ohl of Jersey Shore won his first career super stock main event and Terry Goshorn was a first time winner in the 4-cylinder pro stocks. Dave Riddel of Montgomery won the daredevils feature and Darren Lucas of Karthus won the 50-lap four cylinder enduro.

TREVOR LEWIS LEADS ALL THE WAY IN BRIDGEPORT URC ACTION

Trevor Lewis of Upper Black Eddy took advantage of a front row starting spot to lead all 25 laps in the United Racing Club Series feature event Saturday night at the Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey. For Lewis, it was his second win of the season and fifth career victory under the URC banner.

WORLD OF OUTLAWS POSTPONES ROUTE 66 EVENT

World of Outlaws officials postponed Friday's event at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL when rain flooded the track after the First Heat Race.

Series officials will determine when the race will be re-scheduled soon.

BLOOMQUIST GETS XDCS WIN NUMBER 7 AT KC

Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN drove to his seventh Xtreme DirtCar Series win of the season Friday night in the Mopar Xtreme Heat 50 at KC Raceway in Chillicothe, OH.

Bloomquist took the lead from Steve Francis of Ashland, KY on lap 28, and then pulled away for the $10,650 victory, his 96th XDCS career win.

R.J. Conley of Wheelersburg, OH made a late-race charge to finish second and Francis, who led the first 27 laps of the race had to settle for third.

Defending and two-time series champion Rick Eckert of York finished seventh.

TYLER WALKER WINS SECOND OUTLAW FEATURE AT I-55

Tyler Walker took the lead from Joey Saldana nearly three-quarters of the way through the World of Outlaws 40-lap A-feature Saturday night at I-55 Raceway IN Pevely, MO, then pulled away for his second win of the 2003 season over Daryn Pittman and Saldana.

HAGERSTOWN CANCELS FOR THE 13TH TIME DUE TO WEATHER

Rain forced Hagerstown Speedway officials to cancel Saturday's triple-header program of ITSI late models, sportsman late models and pure stocks. It was the 13th program this year that was either postponed or canceled due to inclement weather.

Small Fry Night has been rescheduled for Saturday night, August 23rd. The Cornett Memorial will now be part of the pure stock event scheduled for Wednesday, July 30th.

Next weekend, the Ford Trucks Monster Jam rolls into town for three action-packed programs on Friday and Saturday nights, July 18th & 19th, and a special Sunday afternoon show on July 20th. Action gets underway at 8 P.M. on Friday and Saturday nights and 2 P.M. on Sunday afternoon. Gates open three hours earlier.

-bill meyer-

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Scott Bloomquist , Rick Eckert , Tyler Walker , Daryn Pittman , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Steve Francis , Jason Johnson , Neil Smith
Teams Williams